** This article has been revised from its original version which was published on May…
National Elder Law Month
When we think of May, our minds often turn to Mother’s Day and the start of summer, but did you know that May is also recognized as National Elder Law Month?
National Elder Law Month got its start in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy declared May to be Senior Citizens Month to honor those who were 65 and older. In 1980 Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys supports this annual proclamation by declaring the month of May to be National Elder Law Month.
During the month of May, elder law attorneys nationwide discuss important topics related to elder law including the legal options available to seniors dealing with long-term and health-care planning, special-needs planning, Medicaid eligibility, elder abuse, fraud and many other important issues.
Often when people think of elder law, immediately they think of drafting a will or setting up a trust. But, elder law encompasses so much more. The practice of elder law and special needs planning are important areas of law that involve advocating for and counseling seniors, and individuals with special needs and their families with a variety of legal issues. These legal issues range from estate planning to long-term care issues, asset protection, taxation, guardianship, and navigating through various government benefits programs.
More often than not, we see people delaying to plan ahead for their future. Long-term care is an important issue and should be thought of well before the need potentially arises. By working with an elder law attorney, seniors and individuals with special needs and their families can ensure that they obtain the best quality of life, while preserving family assets for as long as possible.
Here at Russo Law Group, P.C., our attorneys are passionate about our roles as advocates for senior citizens and individuals with special needs, which is why we have dedicated a significant part of our practice to Elder Law and Special Needs Planning.
Please visit our website and check out our free seminars/webinars to learn more about these important areas. If you’re in need of help, we are here to assist you!
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